RETURN of the Chapel Hill Fireworks in 2012; Raleigh NC Fireworks MOVE to Downtown Raleigh

The Chapel Hill Fireworks at Kenan Memorial Stadium are back in 2012 after a one-year hiatus. (In an unusual move, Chapel Hill did not have fireworks in 2011 due to the expense. However by fortuitous happenstance, it rained heavily in Chapel Hill on the evening of July 4, 2011, so it was the best possible scenario for fireworks canceled in advance.  All’s well that ends well!)

The 2012 Chapel Hill fireworks will be held at Kenan Memorial Stadium, with gates opening at 7:30pm.  The festivities will include Uncle Sam on stilts, contests and face painting, live music beginning at 8pm, and fireworks to begin at 9:30pm. For more info visit

For Raleigh, NC fireworks connoisseurs, please note that, in a BIG CHANGE from prior years, the Raleigh, NC Fireworks display will be held in DOWNTOWN Raleigh this year (2012), rather than at the NC Fairgrounds. ELEVEN HOURS of festivities are scheduled in Downtown Raleigh on July 4, 2012, from 11am to 10pm. See schedule and more info for Raleigh Downtown Fireworks – “The Works” Celebration

See the ChillKids Chapel Hill, NC 4th of July Fireworks Guide for more fireworks displays, parades, and festivities throughout the Triangle.

The Carrboro 4th of July Parade is probably about as close to Mayberry as you can get in this modern age, but better than Mayberry too, due to the ultra-coolness factor of Carrboro, the Weaver Street Market, and great live music at the Carrboro town hall (along with fun kids’ crafts, activities and bouncy houses). Mayberry meets Paris of the Piedmont!

We LOVE, love, love to see all of the fantastic handmade parade floats while our family joins in the Carrboro 4th of July Parade every year. Last year one family made a terrific red-white-and-blue rocket ship on wheels, with a cool celestial mobile suspended above the rocket, and cheerful children peeking out of the rocket’s windows. Excellence in independence design abounds at the Carrboro 4th of July parade!

As listed in our Fireworks & 4th of July Guide, there are many more fun, family-oriented 4th of July festivities scheduled throughout the Triangle, including fireworks in Cary, NC at the Koka Booth Amphitheater, choreographed to the LIVE musical performance by the NC Symphony.

In prior years we have enjoyed the fireworks in Cary, NC at Koka Booth Amphitheater, on the banks of the lake, so that we could see the reflections of the fireworks on the surface of the water. So beautiful! It was worth the (long) walk back to our car with throngs of fellow fireworks watchers.

The Cary, NC Koka Booth fireworks, concert and festivities are free, but if you pay for special seating tickets – rather than watching for free in the general audience as we did – you get premium picnic-style seating under the stars/fireworks with a great view of the NC symphony, along with some picnic treats (a pint of Ice Cream from Lumpy’s Ice Cream and a loaf of Star Spangled Swirl Bread from Great Harvest Bread.)  Tickets for the premium seating with treats can be purchased in person at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre Box Office. General admission is FREE.

See the Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheater Independence Day Celebration Schedule for more info.

See our Chapel Hill, NC 4th of July Fireworks Guide

Happy Fourth of July!